Artist Biography - Sunday B Morning
What is a Sunday B Morning print, and what is it's relation to Andy Warhol's original prints?
Well, Andy Warhol started working on the imagery of Marilyn Monroe after her tragic death in 1967. He produced what would become one of the most iconic and memorable representations of the actress, and consequently one of the most sought after printed editions of his work, perha...ps the most iconic image of the Pop Art era.
Warhol created a series of 10 variations in what is now referred to as the Marilyn Series, each with virtually the same composition, but different color variations. There were only 250 portfolios made in total. The original Marilyn screenprints were hand pulled screen prints, 36 inches square on heavy paper and museum board.
The Campbell’s Soup Cans and Flowers followed shortly after. The 60s were groundbreaking years in Warhol’s career. It was a time when he developed his signature style and today, the works from this period are considered his most important and are highly sought after.
The original prints from these series were published by Factory Additions and are therefore referred to as the Factory Additions version of the suites. These are by far the most expensive screenprints, which auction anywhere from $100,000 for a single print, to over $1.5 million for the suite.
What is known is that after Andy Warhol published his famous “Factory Editions” of Marilyn, Flowers and Campbell’s Soup Cans, he began collaborating with two anonymous friends from Belgium in 1970 on a second series of prints. The original idea behind this partnership for Warhol was to play on the concept of mass production - one of the key themes of his work.
They would be stamped instead of signed by Warhol with a black “fill in your own signature” stamp. The thought was, ‘here we just mass-produced these prints; sign your name here. Any name will do. Because yours is as important as my own.
When the Sunday B. Morning editions were first released in 1970, Andy Warhol was not pleased. He had tried to stop production but could not. Because he had handed over the tools for the prints to be published, filing a suit would have been difficult. So when he periodically ran across a Sunday B. Morning print, Warhol would sign them “This is not by me. Andy Warhol” to express his ironic dissatisfaction. This of course only made the prints more sought after, especially the ones he signed in defiance.
Today, the black ink Sunday B. Morning prints are very rare, as many did not survive the test of time. Sunday B. Morning began publishing the prints again, after many years, in the late 90s and they continue to publish Marilyn, Flowers, Soup Cans as well as Golden Marilyn, Mao and Dollar editions today. All these prints are also stamped – now with blue ink – on the verso with “fill in your own signature” and “published by Sunday B. Morning”. While ownership of Sunday B. Morning has changed hands a couple times, the prints are still published by the same print shop in Belgium, using the same printing process they’ve used since their inception.